Barking as Olympic venue

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you see scope for any Olympic or Paralympic facilities to be built in Barking and Dagenham? I ask this of course following your recent eagerness to hold the shooting event in Barking, promising even to stand up to the British Olympic Association by 'banging your shoe on the desk', such was your frustration that their demands were outweighing taxpayers' interests. A week later you conceded to the senior officials and shattered Barking's hopes of being part of the Games and its legacy. Can you offer any reassurance that this traditionally overlooked and deprived borough will benefit from investment as part of the Games?


Answer for Barking as Olympic venue

Answer for Barking as Olympic venue

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am keen that Barking & Dagenham should be able to play a key role in delivering a successful Games, and work around the potential hosting of training, operations and logistics facilities is being taken forward by the London Organising Committee. Officials from the Government Olympic Executive, in conjunction with GLA staff, are also in discussion with the Council on these possibilities. You are wrong about how this decision was taken. I did not get support from Government for the proposal to host the shooting in Barking which I continued to argue for.